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MIKEinMICH Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 28, 2013 6:27 PM

Hi, got a Mac Mini circa 2009  - Intel that I've had running at my Mom's house forever.  60g drive.

 

It's been flawless for years.  Recently she got the spinning gear on startup with no resolution to the OS screen

(10.4x) so i took it home and am running Disk Warrior.  DW gets to Step 5 with the 'speed reduced by

disk malfunction' message and is currently wallowing through the process of repairing the directory.

 

Question - what is the chance that this HD is not permanently damaged abd is there potential that the

hardware issue can be repaired so as not to require trashing the Mini / replacing the HD ?

 

There's been relatively little action on this thing except email and browser use.  I suspect frequent manual

shut-off and restarts of the Mini using the power button along with power outages/spikes -could've 

screwed up the HD but i don't know.

 

I am going to let DW do its thing and will backup the HD contents to an external FW drive but don't

find anything online about potential for repairing the existing HD issue(s) causing this message.  DW

is creeping along after about an hour and is up to #183 in its repair "count" or whatever...


Thanks for any insights on what i'm dealing with here,

 

Mike

Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,805 points)
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    Jan 28, 2013 6:54 PM (in response to MIKEinMICH)

    Most likely the drive is really failing & will need replacing.

     

    If need be to copy to another Drive, hold Option key while choosig repair Disk in DW to build a new directory without changing the one on the drive, you can even clone using the new directory.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,805 points)
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    Jan 28, 2013 9:14 PM (in response to MIKEinMICH)

    Yes, may as well let it finish.

     

    Attach a FW drive & use CCC, though others swear by SD, then use DW's notice of a New alternate directory on/in it to select that as the Souce for the clone, FW Drive as destination.

     

    Did I answer clearly enough?

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,805 points)
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    Jan 28, 2013 10:39 PM (in response to MIKEinMICH)

    Hmmm, you don't have CCC or SD on the drive you're booted from?

     

    In finder can you navigate to a copy of one of those to double click on???

     

    Can you put it on a Flash Drive or such?

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,805 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 9:35 AM (in response to MIKEinMICH)

    Really tough to tell which way to go, cloning would likely go better if DW finishes, but if the drive is going downhill that fast, who knows.

     

    Any way to get extra cooling fan around/near it?

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,805 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 2:23 PM (in response to MIKEinMICH)

    We'll have to see what DW has been managed to salvage first, then deal with any problems like permissions later.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,805 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 10:15 PM (in response to MIKEinMICH)

    I don't know if i should first run DW on the backed up files n' folders residing in the external FW or... just figure on replacing the drive, installing a new OSX system and -- well -- i guess manually go through the backed up files and see what apps i need to reinstall from scratch.

    I doubt Reparing either drive after that will help, won't hurt of course on the FW Drive, but it just has the best info DW could find.

     

    We need  new Drive & install, then figure out what can be salvaged & the best way to do it.

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